U.S. Official: "We Will Continue to Shield Israel, Militarily and Diplomatically

(Ha'aretz) Shlomo Shamir - The U.S. will continue to maintain Israel's military advantage as well as protect it in the diplomatic arena, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said Wednesday during a reception for Israeli Ambassadors Gabriela Shalev and Daniel Carmon, held by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in New York. Rice said the "United States of America remains fully and firmly committed to the peace and security of the State of Israel." "That commitment spans generations and political parties. It is not negotiable, and it never will be," Rice added, saying the U.S. would "continue to strengthen Israel's qualitative military advantage so that Israel can always defend itself, by itself, against any threat or possible combination of threats." "As U.S. President Barack Obama pledged, we will continue U.S. efforts to combat all international attempts to challenge the legitimacy of Israel - including and especially at the United Nations."

2010-07-16 10:20:21

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